Construction sites can be dangerous places to work if proper safety measures are not practiced. Electrocutions are one of the most common injuries that construction workers face and electrical injuries can happen in a variety of ways at construction sites. The injuries from electrocutions can seriously impair a construction worker’s ability to work and leave them with high medical bills. If you or a family member was electrocuted at a construction site, you should speak with an experienced Philadelphia construction site injury lawyer.
The legal team at Reiff & Bily understands how difficult it is to deal with the consequences of a serious injury at work, and we are here to represent you. We have over 40 years of experience in personal injury law, and we will use that experience to pursue the legal outcome you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (215) 274-0072, or reach us online.
Common Electrical Injuries at Construction Sites
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), electrocutions are part of the “fatal four” causes of construction worker deaths. Electrocutions account for approximately eight percent of construction workers deaths or about 80 deaths per year.
Generally, there are three types of electrical injuries that occur at construction sites:
- Electrical burns,
- Electrical shock, and
- Death due to electrical shock.
Electrical burns usually occur when a worker makes contact with exposed wiring or when construction equipment is incorrectly operated. There are a few types of burns you could face.
First, coming into direct contact with electricity can cause serious burns. This can come from directly touching high-voltage wiring, low-voltage wiring, or getting close enough that an electrical arc jumps to your skin. The site of the electricity entering or exiting your body is often burned, but you can face other internal injuries from the electricity.
Second, arc flash/arc blast accidents can involve explosions that create serious burn injuries. An arc flash occurs when conductive materials are vaporized by the electrical current and explode. The heat and sparks can cause serious burns, and the pressure wave (arc blast) can cause additional injuries.
Third, if electrical current catches something else on fire, you can be burned by that fire. These burns are common flame burns that can cause serious injuries to exposed skin and may require skin grafts and other intensive treatment.
If electrical current passes through your body, you may sustain an electrical shock injury, on top of the burns. Electrical shocks are usually caused by making contact with a live wire and an electric ground or conductor. The severity of the injury is usually determined by the amount of electricity that traveled through the body and the duration of the shock. Just because an electrical source has a low voltage, does not mean your injuries will be mild. Electrocution can interfere with the signals your brain sends to other parts of your body, causing seizures, heart problems, and potential death.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit for Your Construction Injury
If you suffered an electrical injury at a construction site, you should consider filing a personal injury lawsuit. Pennsylvania does offer workers’ compensation for injured workers, but workers’ compensation may not cover all the costs associated with your injury.
Your personal injury claim should be filed as soon as possible to avoid missing the filing deadline. The statute of limitations dictates the amount of time you have to file your construction injury case. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the injury. This means if you file your case after the deadline has passed, the court may bar your claims. However, there are some ways to delay or toll the statute of limitations.
The discovery rule is one way to toll the statute of limitations. If you are unaware of your injuries and have no reason to be aware of your injuries, you may delay the deadline on your case until you discover your injuries and their cause.
Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You File Your Construction Injury Claim
If you or a family member was the victim of an electrical accident at a construction site, you should consult with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney. The dedicated attorneys at Reiff & Bily will provide you with diligent legal representation. We have litigated various types of personal injury cases, and we will use that experience to represent you. To schedule a free consultation for your case, call us at (215) 274-0072 or contact us online.